Amber Heard’s four-day testimony came to an end Tuesday with the actress proclaiming ex-husband Johnny Depp is “lying” in his $50 million defamation trial against her.
The comment followed a contentious cross-examination at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Virginia, during which Depp’s lawyer, Camille Vasquez, grilled Heard about her sexual assault accusation against Depp, and about the severed fingertip he suffered in 2015.
Heard claims Depp injured his right middle finger when he smashed a telephone in Australia, while Depp claims his fingertip was severed when the actress hurled a bottle that struck his hand.
“I didn’t assault Johnny in Australia,” Heard, 36, said Tuesday. “I didn’t assault Johnny ever.”
Heard claimed earlier in her testimony this month that Depp sexually assaulted her with a vodka bottle in Australia. On Tuesday, Vasquez asked Heard if she was claiming Depp held her down and assaulted her with the bottle after he severed his finger.
“I have never claimed that I can remember the exact sequence of these things,” Heard told the seven-person jury. “This was a multiday assault that took place over three horrible days. This was the worst thing (that) ever happened to me.”
Asked later if she struck Depp multiple times during their relationship, Heard said she often felt the need to defend herself.
“There were many times I had to use my body to defend myself, and that included swinging wherever I could. If it meant I could get away, absolutely. If it meant a difference between a sore face and a broken nose, you bet I would.”
Depp is suing Heard over an op-ed published in 2018 by the Washington Post in which Heard called herself a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Depp isn’t named in the op-ed, but Heard had previously accused the actor of abuse, which he denies.
Heard said Tuesday that the statement describing herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse” wasn’t about Depp, but was “about what happened to me afterwards.”